National Centre for Research on Europe

Maria Garcia


Marie Curie Fellow

Maria Garica


  • MA(Hons) University of St Andrews
  • MA University of Bath
  • PhD University of Bristol



Maria is currently a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the NCRE, researching free trade agreements in the Asia Pacific region, with a focus on EU and Chinese strategies and the impact of perceived threats in developing these strategies. She was previously a Lecturer in European Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Research Interests:

  • Free trade agreements
  • European Union Trade Policy
  • EU relations with Latin America
  • EU relations with Asia
  • Regionalism and Interregionalism


Contact details

National Centre for Research on Europe
University of Canterbury
Kirkwood Village KD04
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Tel +64 (3) 364 2987 ext 3661
Fax +64 (3) 364 2634


Recent publications

'Incidents along the path: understanding the rationale behind the EU-Chile Association Agreement', Journal of Common Market Studies 2011, 49 (3), pp. 501-524.

'Fears and Strategies: The EU and China and their Trade Strategies in East Asia' Journal of Contemporary Research on Europe 2010, 6 (4)

'The complex and multifaceted nature of EU-Asia relations' Journal of Contemporary Research on Europe 2010, 6 (4)

Recent Conference presentations

'The EU's Trade Strategy in East Asia' UACES Conference, Cambridge, 5-7 September 2011

'Fears and Competition: the US, EU and China FTA Strategies in East Asia' EU, China, US Workshop, College of Europe, Brugges, 21-22 April 2011

'Externalising regulation through trade agreements: the case of wines and spirits' PSA Conference, London, 19-21 April 2011

'From Idealism to Realism: Changes and Continuities in the EU's Trade Policy' New Approaches to EU Trade Policy Workshop, KUL, Leuven, Belgium, 17-18 December 2010